Drinking water and hot baths were the only thing that ever helped me. I was like clockwork. I would know that PMS was setting in because I would be unable to go to the bathroom for 7-10 days. Then the day I started my period, around 9:30am, the worst cramps and two days of diarrhea would start.
Now I'm on the three month birth control pill. I have less cramping, bloating and constipation/diarrhea. It's usually just a few days constipation and maybe one day diarrhea. I'm still miserable, but I remind myself that it used to be much worse.
I always am worse durring my period week--typically, I'm C, but that week, I'm D. However, I recently read that birth control can cause IBS symptoms after a while (like years) so it's not hard to believe that the week I'm not taking it there would be a change. And of course with the transition from C to D, I have nausea and cramps...
Edited by: SADDYSPOT at: 10/18/2010 (08:52)
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I have always had this problem. It makes me feel miserable and sick every day. I've found that drinking a little sip of regular Coke can help a bit. Not the whole can, because then I'll be even more sick, but just about 1/4 can. I also use a back massager on the area between my belly button and pelvic bone to relieve cramps and get rid of some of my IBS symptoms. And while this helps with IBS-C, I'm a combination, so then I'm in the bathroom all day for the last two days of my period. That I don't know how to fix without immodium. Other than that, drink lots and lots and lots of water. That seems to keep me pretty regular.
I hope I'm not repeating a question here. Does anyone else have more problems during PMS time? It seems like 2 weeks before my period starts, the IBS-C kicks in bad. I know that it's normal for some to have that problem with PMS, but mine is ridiculous! I don't even want to weigh in half the month because I know the scale is up from being so backed up. As soon as I'm a few days in to my period, it finally starts to take care of itself then I suddenly drop like 4-5lbs. I can deal with the number on the scale, but the feeling in my stomach is just yuck. Does anyone have any tips on how to deal with it? I'm still fairly new to the whole IBS thing and not sure how I should deal with this
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